United Way of Greater Milwaukee & Waukesha County

Emerging Leaders and LINC

Philanthropic 5 Awards

Each year, United Way's Emerging Leaders award five people in their 20s, 30s, or 40s who give, advocate, and volunteer for change.

During the past year, our local heroes have done some incredible things and warmed our hearts. From nonprofit leaders to healthcare professionals and beyond, so many people have stepped up to support our community in a time of great need. Do you know an outstanding philanthropic individual from the Greater Milwaukee and Waukesha County area that deserves to be recognized? Tell us their story! We are also seeking nominations for the Philanthropic Youth Award, which highlights an outstanding youth philanthropist in our community.

Nominate a local hero by Thursday, June 3.

Emerging Readers

Thank you to all the generous Emerging Readers donors for spreading the joy of reading this school year. The 2020-2021 Emerging Readers program provided 1200 books to 274 local students across six partner agencies in Milwaukee and Waukesha County. We teamed up with two local bookstores to select and purchase popular books for every participating student.

Students from the United Community Center were delighted by their new personal libraries. Doesn't this photo just have you tinkled “ink”?

A special thanks to Penworthy Company and children's author, Alden Taylor, who donated books for the students.

Register for Day of Action

Join United Way's Emerging Leader and LINC members for the 2021 Day of Action on June 18. This annual event is celebrated across the nation with individual and family-friendly volunteer projects. Join us for safe, in-person volunteer events completing the following outdoor beautification projects:

COA Youth & Family Center, Riverwest: 9am - 12pm – Register
COA Youth & Family Center, Goldin: 9am - 12pm – Register
James Madison Academic Campus High School: 1pm - 4pm – Register

United Way is also hosting a blood drive at their main office on June 18 in partnership with Versiti Blood Center of Wisconsin. Register here to help.

Lastly, we are offering the following virtual volunteer opportunities:
  • Help COA Youth & Family Centers revamp their library. Click here for the Amazon Wishlist.
  • Purchase United Community Center book drive books and Book Worm kits. Click here for the Amazon Wishlist.
  • Restock La Casa de Esperanza's library and support a local book store. Martha Merrell's Books & Toys is offering 30% off (some exceptions may apply) when you mention Day of Action. You can purchase in-person or by phone and request delivery or drop off yourself at La Casa de Esperanza Charter School (410 Arcadian Ave. in Waukesha, weekdays 6am-6:30pm, please ask for Maria).

Women United

Register for the Bruncheon

Join Women United at the 2021 virtual Bruncheon as we celebrate the voice of women. Learn what you can do to advocate for issues and policies that help create lasting change in our community. Special guests include Wisconsin State Senator Alberta Darling and Wisconsin State Senator LaTonya Johnson who will be sharing information on the important issue of human trafficking.

We will also celebrate the 15th anniversary of the Teen Pregnancy Prevention Initiative and honor Mary Ellen Stanek, the 2021 Linda T. Mellowes Woman Leader of the Year award recipient.

Please register here.

Retire United

Write a note of cheer

June 21 is United Way's annual Day of Action where volunteers across the country unite to make a difference in the lives of others.

Show your appreciation for an older adult in your community by writing a cheerful note from the comfort of your own home. It's a great opportunity to volunteer with family members. Notes will be distributed to clients of Eras Senior Network, a United Way program partner agency.

Learn more and register here. Your confirmation will include a link to participate. This virtual volunteer opportunity is sponsored by Retire United.

Technology United

Calling all techies: volunteers needed

Technology United Council members Scott Sievert, Accenture, and Craig Miller, Concurrency, Inc., designed the Tech for Good Marketplace (T4GMP) initiative. T4GMP matches non-profits with technology needs to partners who can fulfill them. Craig said, "after working with non-profits for several years, it's clear that a concise and targeted technology plan executed with the guidance of industry experts has a tremendous impact on their ability to deliver."

Want to share your tech talents? Scott believes that T4GMP is "a unique opportunity for the Milwaukee area technology community to use their special talents to make a real difference in the community." We are seeking guest CIOs to execute assessments, volunteers to work on projects, and new T4GMP committee members. To learn more please contact Craig Miller and Scott Sievert.

A special thanks to the following for assessing and helping execute projects for Meta House, Next Door, and Lutheran Social Services: Norm Mackenson, Jen Reyna, Shannon Gilbertson, Steve Hannan (CIO AB/Council member), Jay Kraft, and Northwestern Mutual's Data Sciences Department.

Diversity Leadership Society

Get on board: connecting leaders to nonprofits

The Greater Milwaukee Chapter of the Young Nonprofit Professionals Network, in partnership with United Way’s Project LEAD program and Jobs That Help, is hosting a virtual board matching event for area nonprofits. Board seekers will have the opportunity to visit with representatives from nonprofit organizations of their choice to explore potential board and committee volunteer roles.

Register yourself or organization here.

Additional ways to make an impact

Learn how you can improve our community's future by joining the Legacy Society. Support your community for generations to come and create your will for free by using www.freewill.com/unitedway.

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